John W. Bandler (S'66, M'66, SM'74, F'78, LF'06) was born in Jerusalem, on November 9, 1941. He studied at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England, from 1960 to 1966. He received the B.Sc.(Eng.), Ph.D. and D.Sc.(Eng.) degrees from the University of London, London, England, in 1963, 1967 and 1976, respectively.
He joined Mullard Research Laboratories, Redhill, Surrey, England in 1966. From 1967 to 1969 he was a Postdoctorate Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He joined McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, in 1969. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, directing research in the Simulation Optimization Systems Research Laboratory.
Dr. Bandler was President of Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA), which he founded in 1983, until November 20, 1997, the date of acquisition of OSA by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). OSA implemented a first-generation yield-driven microwave CAD capability for Raytheon in 1985, followed by further innovations in linear and nonlinear microwave CAD technology for the Raytheon/Texas Instruments Joint Venture MIMIC Program. OSA introduced the CAE systems RoMPETM in 1988, HarPETM in 1989, OSA90TM and OSA90/hopeTM in 1991, EmpipeTM in 1992, Empipe3DTM and EmpipeExpressTM in 1996. OSA created the product empathTM in 1996 which was marketed by Sonnet Software, Inc., USA. Dr. Bandler is President of Bandler Corporation, which he founded in 1997.
Dr. Bandler was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (1969-1974), and has continued serving as a member of the Editorial Board. He was Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques on Computer-Oriented Microwave Practices (1974) and Guest Co-Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques on Process-Oriented Microwave CAD and Modeling (1992). He joined the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Numerical Modelling in 1987, the International Journal of Microwave and Millimeterwave Computer-Aided Engineering in 1989, and Optimization and Engineering in 1998. He was Guest Editor, International Journal of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Computer-Aided Engineering, Special Issue on Optimization-Oriented Microwave CAD (1997), and Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Special Issue on Automated Circuit Design Using Electromagnetic Simulators (1997). He was Guest Co-Editor, Optimization and Engineering Special Issue on Surrogate Modelling and Space Mapping for Engineering Optimization (2001 and 2008). He was Guest Co-Editor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Special Issue on Electromagnetics-Based Optimization of Microwave Components and Circuits (2004). He was Guest Co-Editor, International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, Special Issue on Advances in Design Optimization of Microwave/RF Circuits and Systems (2010). He has served as Chair of the MTT-1 Technical Committee on Computer-Aided Design.
Dr. Bandler has published more than 470 papers from 1965 to 2012. He contributed to Modern Filter Theory and Design, Wiley-Interscience, 1973 and to Analog Methods for Computer-aided Analysis and Diagnosis, Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1988. Four of his papers have been reprinted in Computer-Aided Filter Design, IEEE Press, 1973, one in each of Microwave Integrated Circuits, Artech House, 1975, Low-Noise Microwave Transistors and Amplifiers, IEEE Press, 1981, Microwave Integrated Circuits, 2nd ed., Artech House, 1985, Statistical Design of Integrated Circuits, IEEE Press, 1987 and Analog Fault Diagnosis, IEEE Press, 1987. He contributed to Time Domain Methods in Electrodynamics: A Tribute to Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2008 and to Computational Intelligence in Expensive Optimization Problems, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.
Dr. Bandler is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (Great Britain), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Ontario (Canada) and a Member of the MIT Electromagnetics Academy.
He received the Automatic Radio Frequency Techniques Group (ARFTG) Automated Measurements Career Award in 1994 and the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Application Award in 2004. In 2012 he received the IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal, which honors “outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the engineering profession.” In the same year he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.